The Best Camera You Can Have
Remember the old days when cameras consisted primarily of 35mm or 110mm film? Cameras could be purchased as plain cameras or disposables bought with film and a built-in flash. You could buy film in various ISO speeds, usually 200-400. If you wanted something really good, you had to spend a few hundred, if not a few thousand.
Nowadays, decent photos at very large sizes come at a price of as low as $50. For more decent photos and many more camera options, you have to spend around $100. But that money even includes various photo styles (macro, wide angle, etc), special features (color options, fisheye lens, posterized) and zoom!
You definitely could not pull any extra distance from a disposable camera, and even some reusable film cameras had no zoom available.
My nephew has a $300 camera that takes sharp, clear photos of calendar quality. I had bought a $119 camera that, while not bad, wasn’t particularly great either. Some photos looked amazing to me when I first viewed them but when I compared them in my head to photos taken with my nephew’s more expensive camera, there just was no comparison.
So, several months ago I researched multiple cameras that had plenty of zoom – 10x or more. My camera is a Canon SX130IS. It retailed at the time for $229 but I managed to buy it for $179 – though still a high priced camera for my budget. I had researched so many cameras and this one had the image quality and manual options I wanted. The only frequently mentioned drawbacks were the battery life and the speed.
All in all, it’s a wonderful camera and has the ability to take some amazing images.
Needless to say, I went nuts! I started photographing just about everything in sight.
I took lots of abstract photos, pictures of food, scenery,lots of macros, things that looked cool, tried different angles, you name it!
No, really… lots of photos.
Especially of food.
Lots of food.
I took it all in Auto because I didn’t actually know how to use the manual options yet and was on a trip so I didn’t want to return with a ton of worthless photos that didn’t turn out from my lack of knowledge.
When I got back and looked at them, I was ecstatic at how sharp and clear the photos were – even viewed at full size.
Sure, there are a few places where the quality could improve but photos were mostly excellent.
Today I was searching through many of my photos from a few years ago, which brought back so many wonderful memories. The camera I last bought was the priciest I’ve ever purchased, but I’ve owned a decent camera before, when 3MP was still the rage.
I went through and looked at all the pictures. I even have some old 1-2MP camera phone photos. Obviously poor quality. But then I realized something.
Despite initially noticing the quality (or lack there of) on some of the photos (due largely to my incompetency with a camera at that point in life), it soon didn’t matter anymore. I stopped looking at the crispness of the edges, or whether I was able to see pores on people’s skin.
It didn’t matter what the photos looked like.
Even the photos that I’d taken with my new camera, that came out beautifully – didn’t mean much.
All my old photos brought back memories. Memories that were worth more to me than proper exposure or accurate white balance. Sure, having the right settings, an appropriate ISO speed, and pictures in perfect focus makes it easier to view your photos and appreciate them fully.
But that’s not what makes them great.
You can catch a great photo deliberately through much time and preparation – or completely by accident by being in the right place at the right time.
Yes, some of my favorite photos to share are the ones that turned out beautifully and are crisp and clear. But most my favorite photos to see are the ones that bring back all the wonderful memories – even if the white balance is a little off.
The best camera you can have isn’t the new top of the line Canon, or the most expensive Fuji on the market. The best camera is the one you have available when you want to capture a memory.